Reaching 327 pounds and having a lot of weight-related health issues and a $40,000 credit card debt to boot, Adam Schaeuble hit rock bottom over a decade ago. With a goal to take back control of his life, Adam started on his weight loss journey and, in the process, inspired some people from his hometown to join him. On today’s podcast, he sits down with Jen Du Plessis to talk about the transformation he implemented in his life and his mission to help people achieve their ideal bodies, habits, and lifestyles. Adam is currently a weight loss and fitness coach and a top-ranked podcast host of the show called The Million Pound Mission.
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A Weight Loss And Transformation Journey With Adam Schaeuble
I am excited to have our guest, Adam Schaeuble with us. He is the Founder and Podcast Host of the Million Pound Mission. It’s hilarious because we were talking about the fact that he has many people in England that listen because they think it’s million pounds of money, but it’s about weight loss and transformation, which is what this show is about. Adam, welcome to the show.
Jen, thank you. I’m honored to be here. It’s always exciting to share a platform with another podcaster like yourself.
Thank you. I was on your show. We had fun.
I like our vibe. This is going to be a high energy episode, so you know right up front.
Let’s get started right away. As you know, this show is called Success to Significance, life after breaking through glass ceilings. You have a major glass ceiling that you broke through that you want to share and I want to share with my readers as well. Tell us about you before this glass ceiling that you broke through. Let’s talk about that.
I feel like I’ve broken through a skyscraper of glass ceilings. Over a decade ago, to paint the picture, I was 327 pounds. I had a ton of credit card debt like $40,000 plus. Dumb things were happening in my life. I wasn’t happy with the path, relationships, my career, and my friendships. I was feeling lost. I ran into that bottom of the barrel moment. I remember I was standing in a grocery store with my credit card going to pay for this food. I’m like, “I have enough room on this card.” Feeling like at that rock bottom moment that many people have been at. Once we hit that, it’s usually there’s room for growth there. That’s when the tide turned a little bit for me.
What was going through your mind other than you’re standing in the grocery store and you’re going, “I hope this card works.” I imagine that happened several times, but why this time? What was the catalyst that created this particular tipping point of, “Enough is enough?”
At that point in time, I felt I wasn’t in control of my life. I wasn’t in control of my destiny. I felt there wasn’t anything I could do about it. I was trying at life but nothing was working out my way. When I went home that day, the thing that tripped or flipped the switch for me, my friend let me borrow a DVD called The Secret, The Law of Attraction. This was the second time that it had been sent my direction. The first time I pretended to watch it said it was great and send it back. I’m like, “I don’t need any of this.” It came back to me through a different friend who had been collecting dust on the DVD player. For some reason, I was like, “I’ll give this thing a shot. I don’t know what it’s about that friends are all fired up about it.” That was my first ever dose of personal growth material. I had never invested in myself that way. We’re talking mid-twenties. I had never been through school. I studied, but I never invested in me like that. It lit me up like a Christmas tree. I was like, “For the first time, in a long time, I felt like I could do something to change.” I decided on things to change, I needed to start changing. I needed to own my situation and take personal responsibility more than I ever had before. I started moving forward with that.
What was the first step you took? For those of us that have read it, what particular part of the book was it that pushed you to say something that you’re going to tell us? There were a couple of things that you needed to address. It wasn’t just your podcast of the Million Pound Mission, but it was also a financial transformation that happened too. What specifically in the book made you say, “That’s it right there?”We find that there is room for growth when we hit that rock bottom moment. Click To Tweet
This was the first time I’d been introduced to affirmations and that was something unique that it vibed with me. I had competed in athletics at a high level when I was younger and I was like, “I get the mindset thing. If can set my mind in a certain way in the morning and in the evening, the stuff that happens between those two bookends might be a little bit better.” That’s what I took away from The Secret. What I did was I did a process that I now teach people that I coach I call my Lifestyle Rehabilitation Statement. It’s an affirmation, but there’s a lot of accountability with it where I mapped out what I wanted to achieve over the next five years of my life.
I wrote it out in the present tense as if it had already happened in affirmation style. I set a deadline for five years. It was July 12th, 2007, went to July 12th, 2012. I mapped out. I placed my order with the universe and I decided, “Here’s how I want to look and to feel. Here are the relationships I have. Here’s how my business is unfolding. This is how my financial freedom level, this is where that’s at.” I committed to myself, even back in the day when I was younger playing sports growing up, I’ve always been an implementer. I wasn’t somebody that waited around always. That’s what I was frustrated because I felt like I wasn’t an action.
“Why am I waiting around? I don’t understand that.” It’s like me.
The catchy phrase that I say, “I was learning about the law of attraction, but I discovered that you can’t spell attraction without action.” I needed to combine those two things of doing the affirmation, then have accountability to move the needle in the right direction every single day over this plan with these statements. Every morning I would read the statement out loud as if it had already happened with energy, putting myself in that position. That opened me up for an opportunity. It was like turning the light switch on in the hallway and I could see which doors were open. At night, I would read it for accountability. I would ask myself, “Did I move the needle in the right direction? Did I do anything at all?” If I didn’t, I would have to do something before I’d go to bed. Whether it’s a mini workout, review a blog, or read a little bit, anything. I’ll do something. There couldn’t be any zero action days. That was the real key. I did that. Over that five-year time span, I lost over 100 pounds.
People started asking me how I was doing it. I helped fifteen other people in my hometown lose over 100 pounds, which ended up becoming a business. I was passionate about it. I created a bootcamp. I created a fitness facility. I helped my hometown lose 35,000 pounds in five years. That’s where we ramped up with the Million Pound Mission Podcast. We’re at 57,000 pounds donated from listeners that listen to the show. I got married, started a family, I got all my debt and paid off my mortgage. All this stuff happened because of the mindset shift that I had back in 2007. I achieved every single goal. I was seven days late on opening up my 8,000-square foot fitness facility that I had dreamed five years before, but we still counted it as a win.
You bring up the point of being an athlete because I was and still am an athlete. It’s amazing when we’re kids like that, teenagers and young adults, when we want to achieve something in the athletic realm, how we’re focused on being able to do that. In business, there are these five stages of growth. It’s formulation, concentration, momentum, stability, and then the breakthrough. We’re good at formulation and concentration because we say, “We have to work out every day. I have to run track every day. I have to run 5 miles every day.” Anytime that we can think about the past at some point in time that you had a mission, a goal, and actions that you took to get to that goal, if we could apply those as adults, it would be powerful. It sounds like that’s exactly what you did is started applying it. It does start with going back to the formulation. We want the magic pill to lose weight, to get healthy, and have the relationship. The eHarmony is going to do it. I’m not saying anything bad about it. It’s like, “That’s my magic pill. I’ll go on there and they’re going to match me up and it’ll all be good.” We all forgot that you have to go through the painful formulation and concentration stage to get to those other parts. I love what you said about the mindset around that. Any comments on what I said?
One of my favorite authors and people to learn from is Gretchen Rubin. With her Four Tendencies, she talks about a lot of people are frustrated with all areas of their life because they’re like, “Back when I was in high school, I got up for 5:00 AM and I did soccer practice every single day. How come I can’t get up at 5:00 AM and work out as an adult?” She has the four different tendencies and the most regularly occurring one in the human population is called an obliger, which means you don’t do well with internal accountability, you can’t bring accountability up from yourself. You need someone else to put it on you. That’s why soccer practice you were good. The coach was there and then now you’re out there as an adult trying to figure it out on your own and it’s not good. Understanding those types of concepts are big. With me, I discovered that I’m good with internal accountability. I have to have a map, I have to have a plan or I’m lost. I got to have that checklist and I can rock and roll with it. That’s what those affirmations were for me.
I use affirmations as well. Let’s talk about those on what affirmations you’re doing. When people hear affirmations and this is not for everybody. I’m bringing the devil’s advocate into it for someone to go, “Those affirmations again.” A lot of people think that’s all these vision-boarding and stickies all over your house and it could be that. Maybe share how you do your affirmations and what some of your affirmations sound like?
Some general rules that I have people ask me, “Do you still do this?” I’m like, “Yes, 100% every morning, every night, I still do the work. I’m not going to stop doing it.” With me, it is more about the accountability of like, “What am I trying to accomplish?” That is the general vibe like, “What is the direction that I’m trying to do? What are the GPS coordinates of where I’m trying to get to?” They have to be positive 100%. I like them in the present tense as if they’ve already happened so I can put in that place emotionally. Especially, somebody that was going on a fairly large weight loss journey, I needed that. I needed to be able to close my eyes and envision how I was going to look, how I was going to feel? I put myself in that place emotionally. That helps a lot, no negative words. Even though I was trying to get out of $40,000 of debt, I wouldn’t put the word debt in my affirmation because I didn’t want to be repeating that over and over again. I talk a lot about financial abundance. You have to word things in a way that vibes.
Sometimes reverse engineer some things, “I can’t seem to make it to appointments on time.” I’m using that as an example. Some people say, “I can’t make it to appointments on time.” Changing that affirmation into, “I’m always early for appointments.” One of the things that I did that I would want to share about this. When you talk about affirmations or your self-talk, I recorded me doing my affirmations so that when I was driving down the road, I can listen to myself, talk to myself about my affirmations.
I know a lot of high performers that do this, Jen. It’s weird that I haven’t done this yet because I’ve had people have me record their affirmations because they like my voice. As a voice artist, they have me read the affirmations that they want to hear for myself. It’s a great idea.
It’s because it’s my self-talk. When I think about it, I’m like, “That’s what I said.” I wanted to share that with people as well. That was a big breakthrough for you. It took several years to do. What important to is that a lot of these when they’re big breakthroughs, we can’t expect them to happen overnight. It’s a long game on that. I love that you kept yourself motivated through that. Is there anything else that you do to continue to keep yourself motivated, especially over a 3 or 5-year period? For some people even over a month. How do you keep yourself motivated aside from affirmations?
Let’s give the weight loss journey example. I know there are a lot of people out there that are struggling with the concept that I call the Black Hole of Weight Loss Doom, where you lose weight and then you gain it back over and over again, around and around you go. There’s a lot of time, money, effort and emotion involved in that.
I’ve heard someone call it, “We release weight because when you lose weight, you can find it again.”
With a weight loss journey example, a lot of people are out there trying to hack it out alone. They’ll say, “I’ve lost the weight and gained it back. I have different times. I should be able to do this on my own by now.” I know that’s a phrase that’s in a lot of people’s heads. It’s like, “I’m an adult. I shouldn’t need anybody else’s help.” They’re denying the need for anyone else’s help. If you need help with your taxes, you go and get help with your taxes. It’s our body. A lot of times we feel like we should be able to figure it out.
You know what to do. You have to mindset and there’s another word besides mindset. A lot of people who are trying to lose weight, for example, I never heard my mother. She was fluffy as she called it like a marshmallow. She goes, “I’m fluffy like a marshmallow.” I’m like, “Okay, mom.” She would never walk around saying, “I got to change my mindset.” Constantly we’re talking about willpower.
I believe in willpower. It’s like a muscle. I see it with the weight loss journey all the time. For example, people that struggle with nighttime eating, they’re good. I see people also that are medical professionals where they have that room at work where all the people bring all the treats, the donuts, and all this stuff. They all have to pass through the room. All day long, they’re like, “I’m good.” That’s wearing down that willpower muscle. On the drive home, they hit the drive-through because it’s gone. They’re hungry and they’re tired.
They walk in the door, they do the same thing.You can't spell attraction without action. Click To Tweet
I truly do believe in that. There are things that we can do to keep our willpower high on that journey and things like we talked like having a coach, having a support system, having mentors, having a community. Many people are out there trying to do it by themselves. We have to give in and find out that source of accountability, whether we’re trying to lose weight, build a business, rekindle a relationship or whatever. We’re trying to transform and break through these glass ceilings that you talk about. I feel like accountability is a huge thing. When I help people lose weight, I talk about forming accountability, anchor points. In every area of their life, people feel like, “I’ve got a trainer.” That’s one anchor point. Let’s say you’re climbing a mountain. If you anchor in once and that anchor fails, you also fall to the bottom. I see this happen to a lot of people that are going along well.
They have their trainer, bootcamp, or their online coach and then all their accountability goes away and they go back to where they started. All the old habits come right back in. I like to have you anchor in as often as they can and all the major areas where they spend time in life. We’re talking about home, some gym life, business, friendship circles, and social groups. Maybe at work, you organize a walking lunch Wednesday and you’re accountable to that. All your friends know that you’re going to be there. You know that they’re going to be there and there’s a healthy lunch brought in and that’s every Wednesday. In the church group, there’s something on Sundays that you do that. Maybe I’ll play basketball or something like that. The friendship circle once a month, maybe the first Friday of the month, instead of going out for wine, you go out and ride bikes.
Forming this accountability anchor points that are healthy in all the different areas of your life, that’s huge for people. You start to feel that support network and it’s all positive. Jen, I’m sure you see this as well people sometimes run from the word accountability. They see it as judgment and if you’re in a positive environment, people will see The Biggest Loser type weight loss shows where they’re yelling at them. It’s like a bootcamp drill sergeant stuff. They assume that’s how accountability is going to be. When I coach somebody, I’m going to hold you accountable. If you have a 100-pound weight loss goal, I’m not necessarily holding you accountable to that 100-pound weight loss goal. I’m holding you accountable for taking action that will be in line with that goal. That’s going to get you there, but it’s going to be support, friendship, and mentorship. It’s not a drill sergeant shaming, “You ate the ice cream. Ring the shame bell.” I’m not going to do that.
You bring up a good point. Even in my situation, I’ve always been thin. I’m fortunate, but I don’t abuse eating either. The older I get, the harder it is to maintain, I would say. It’s not a losing thing or releasing. It’s maintenance because my metabolisms change. You and I both sit and do a bunch of shows all day and the sitting that goes on. Thankfully, I’m a competitive ballroom, Latin and swing dancer so I get that exercise. Going back to kettlebells, I was doing kettlebells for several years, going and lifting and doing all that. It felt fantastic and then I had an injury in my shoulder. I had a rotator cuff injury. I’m like, “It’s okay. I don’t need to go there anymore because I’ve got kettlebells at the house. I can use them.” They sit on our porch. I’ve had to pick them up to broom off the leaves that collected under that and put them right back down. Not moving them in someplace where I can see them.
I love that you’re saying that because you’re right. We need all of this in our lives to ensure. I love your idea of bookends. I talk about bookends all the time about affirmations. I do SAVERS, Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning in the morning and at night. I do something called 3, 2, 1. What three things went right? What two things went wrong and what one thing do I need to improve on? That’s how I bookend my days. I love that you’re talking about this accountability. In our house, it was the word when the kids were in school, when they were in high school, middle school, and college and it is the word now. My daughter will call me and I go, “How’s your day going?” She goes, “Accountability, mom.” I go, “Really?” She’s like, “I don’t get it. They’re adults.” It is a big word. For us, it’s good. I understand what you mean for other people. I know that you have a Transformation Timeline that you do as well. Talk to us about this Transformation Timeline. We want it. If we don’t get it now, it failed. We wasted money.
One of the things that I like to do is take some pressure off of everyone’s shoulders with their transformation journey by painting the picture through this Transformation Timeline concept. I’m a namer of processes. Everything I do, I’d name it. It’s got weird names like the Blackhole of Fitness Doom and Transformation Timeline. The Transformation Timeline will paint a picture of every successful and not successful transformation that I’ve ever been a part of that I’ve ever seen. You will be able to tell where you’re at, where you’ve been and how to get to the next step. It’s three phases, simple but not easy. The first phase is the Blackhole of Weight Loss Doom. If you can imagine for those that are reading, a circle of four interconnected arrows. The top arrow is we start a new program. The arrow to the right side of the circle is we get some initial results because it’s something new, new stimulus. We get some new results. The arrow at the bottom is life happens. We’re not ready for it. Job change, relationship change, injury, vacations, anything, and we’re not ready for it. The last arrow connecting to the top is crash and burn, we go right back where we started. This is what people see as the weight loss journey. It’s like, “I lose it and then I find it.”
When someone dies, I lose my job so I go back to smoking or I go back to eating.
Anything and we’re not ready for it. The issue that I find, Jen, is that people focus too much on the top of that circle. I started something new like, “CrossFit didn’t work. I will try Jazzercise. Vegan didn’t work. I’ll try keto and Weight Watchers” to search that out. I call them transformation danger zones. What’s that big pit in the road that you keep on riding your bike right into without building a bridge over first? What is that thing we have to identify, analyze it and plan ahead for? If it’s spring break, then if you normally lose weight going to spring break, and then you go on spring break, you don’t get back into a normal routine, you gain it all back. It doesn’t matter what routine you do that you’re getting results from and then getting things back. You have to fix that danger zone or you’ll always be in the same scenario. You’ll always be in phase one, Blackhole of Weight Loss Doom. That’s how you escape into phase two. We start identifying those things and we can make progress moving forward.
Let me ask you about this. I always ask questions based on what my curiosity is. I know that everyone who’s reading is doing the same thing, “Ask this. Ask Adam that.” I’m a plant-based eater. I’ve been one for many years. I love meat. It’s not that I’m one of those can’t eyeballs or something. My husband had three heart attacks a few years ago. For us, it was a decision to change the way we are inside. We both dance. We’re both active. Most people don’t think dancing is working out. It is. I do over 10,000 steps when I’m dancing at the studio. I’m like, “You try to do that.” I travel a lot as you know and speaking and everything. It is hard to find plant-based food. I finally got a Prime account and I have blueberries and all stuff delivered to me, but it is hard.
I find that I go through this circle where everything’s going and then I’m on the airline and they hand me Fritos. I go, “Yes. I want some Fritos because I didn’t find that apple someplace.” I have that and I say, “It’s okay because when I get back, I know I can get back into my normal routine.” Are you saying that the fact that I even allow that to happen is a problem, or is it that you’re more focused on, “Life happens and you might have a boo-boo recognize to go back to it?” Help me understand that. Am I screwing myself up by having those Fritos because that was all that’s available? What’s going on there?
I get what you’re saying. Let’s paint a picture where two different scenarios could happen. If the Fritos are a blip on the radar and you go right back to normal eating, once you have access to normal eating, no problem. Don’t worry about that one bit. If you eat the Fritos and wherever you’re going you’re like, “Let’s get that.”
“That sugar was good. Let me have it.”
If it creates that weekend bleed of this terrible eating, then that’s an issue. It’s not necessarily that one choice. I work with a lot of accountants. They will lose weight all year long and then tax season happens. They check out. I don’t hear from them. That is what I’m talking about with these dangerous zones. Somebody is out there dating. Every time they start dating somebody new, they feel that social pressure to eat whatever they eat and they gain about your weight back. It’s not that the moment, little blips in the radar, it’s the huge lingering issue that happens over and over again. I’ve got a separate philosophy that I build into my client’s plans. I call it the Cheat Bank, which we have a little cheat meal built-in if you’re traveling. It allows you to go off plan and you can bounce right back. It’s a part of the plan. That’s something that takes a lot of pressure off of people. That’s something that we can talk about and get your Frito in a little bit.
I’m afraid to say it because I don’t want to offend anybody, but I call it Fat Friday because it was for me too. This was back then. I eat well all week. If I wanted to have a Snickers bar on Friday, I could. If I wanted to have an ice cream cone, I could. This is before I was plant-based. It gave me the opportunity to have some fun and then I would go right back to doing what I’m doing. The problem is when you have Fat Friday every day of the week and then you try not to eat one day a week and you expect to lose weight.
This is a perfect transition into the second phase of the Transformation Timeline. The second phase is where we try to balance out our health and our lifestyle. That’s where a lot of people will give up. They’re like, “If I can’t go out and have wine three times a week and that’s not allowed, what’s the point?” I like to have pizza every once in a while. What does that mean?” The questions that you’re asking and those are normal questions they should be asked. I’ve baked the second phase where they’ll escape that Blackhole of Weight Loss Doom, and they start to solve some of those big life moments. They start to realize they’re uncomfortable because they are focusing a lot of time and effort on their health. They’re not seeing their friends for wine night as much or maybe they aren’t getting much sleep.
It’s because they knew that won’t allow them to go.
They’re getting up and they’re working out early or after work. They’re not getting as much sleep or they’re not seeing their family. They are starting to feel that lifestyle burn a little bit. They’ll tell themselves, “I can’t handle this.” They’ll tell me as a coach, “Adam, I can’t handle this pace forever.” I’m like, “Good. This tells us we are where we’re supposed to be. I don’t expect you to handle it forever.” We’re rebalancing because before when we were gaining weight, we were way focused on those lifestyle points and not focusing on our health. We can’t bring that immediately into perfect balance. You have to go out of balance in the other direction for a certain period of time. We sit in this phase, we start to settle in.
One of the things that we already talked about is that cheat bank. I’ll say, “We own the meals that are off-plan.” We say, “I go into an eight-day cycle.” I’ll say, “Let’s book four cheat meals and you own them. Maybe it’s a date night, a birthday, a work thing. We track them. We eat and enjoy them. We do not beat ourselves up about them.” We say, “We did four cheat meals and we lost 5 pounds.” This could be a great little a strategy for you here, Jen, if you’re in that maintenance zone. Track it every month, every 28 days and see the result. If you do ten cheat meals and you still lose 5 pounds, you discovered you can get away with ten cheat meals per 28-day cycle. If you gained 10 pounds, you’re like, “I better trim those back a little bit.”We need to keep our willpower high on that journey. Click To Tweet
Thank, God, I’m not trying to lose or gain and do either. For me, the cheat meals are having spaghetti and I had meat in the spaghetti because I would not normally have meat in it. We do a little cheating. I have to tell you that my husband’s not overweight or anything because he had a heart attack. He likes to cheat and then some. Cheat and have a little more dessert. Cheat and have a glass of wine and then say, “I didn’t cheat.” He expands it. Being able to cheat is okay.
It’s about our magic word, accountability. That’s where tracking it and the cheat bank format, you can’t get away with that. You are tracking and being like, “I took six cheat meals and I maintain my weight. I know that I can handle that amount.” You have a sense of what you can and can’t get away with. That’s important.
I hope people are reading and understanding that too. We get to phase three. What happens in phase three?
Phase three is what I call the New Purpose, New Identity. We’ve achieved our first big goal. We run out of real estate. We have no more weight to lose. This is the worst place to crash and burn from because you’ve achieved the thing, but you lose who you are. I’ve helped fifteen people from my hometown lose over 100 pounds. Not all of them kept it off because they ran out of the real estate to sell and then they didn’t have that thing anymore that made them, them. That got them up out of bed. They were the weight loss person. Their family and friends were all cheering them on. They were showing before and after pictures online. Some of them got married and then it was like, “What am I pumped up about now?” It just landslide backwards. You have to get out there and say, “What is the next thing that’s going to fire me up?” If you’ve been on a major weight loss journey, it may not fire you up as much as changing your life through a major weight loss journey, but it could be something like helping other people.
That’s what got me through. I started helping other people and created a business out of it, mentorship, and community building. Other people will get fired up about more challenging physical feats like marathons, mud runs, powerlifting and kettlebells. They set up a goal like, “I want to be able to do a pull-up, do twenty pushups in a row or whatever.” That is the new purpose and identity. They go through that cycle that you have to be thinking about those things when you’re on a weight loss journey because you run out of weight to lose. We have to have that shift in mind. It’s important to hit that. If we can, that’s where people rock it and they maintain results. Those are the three phases.
I have a client that I coach. She’s a twin. Her twin is thin. She’s not. She’s overweight and she doesn’t like it. She has to get a double extender on the plane. She might even have to get two seats. She’s large. The thing for her is that she has this block that she lost weight once before and she didn’t like the person she became. She’s afraid to lose the weight again because she’s afraid she’s going to be that person that she became for whatever it was. In her business, she thinks that because she is more fluffy, she’s perceived as being less aggressive or assertive. She thinks that’s the reason she gets business. If she loses weight, she won’t get as much business. Tell us about that dichotomy of where you want to do something because you know what’s healthy for you, you want to feel better and you want to wear high heels. She’s like, “I want to wear high heels again.” She’s afraid of that person that she thinks she’s going to be, and that she will lose business. That’s sad.
I went into fitness, health coaching and stuff not knowing that I was going to turn into a psychologist, but I do a lot of therapy talks. I’m not super qualified for that. I honestly speak to people and people in that situation they get in their heads about it a lot. There’s a lot wrapped up and how they view themselves. For example, with me, body image issues, I’ve lost over 100 pounds. I lucked out but I did it in my 20s or 30s. I don’t have a bunch of loose skin or stretch marks. Along the way at a few injuries. I tore my pec. I’ve got a half a chest thing going on and all that. I still am self-conscious about that. Everybody gets in their head about it.
What it comes down to in this situation look like with your friend is that if you’re going to get it done, whether it’s weight loss, it’s business, or whatever goal you have, if you’re going to stack up two lines and one of them is the why and the why not, the why stack has to be bigger than the combined force with all of the why not. Getting into high heels, that’s not big enough why. Fitting into certain clothes, not a big enough why. She has this whole business thing in her mind that it’s helping her. That’s not helping her why at all. That’s a bunch of on the why not side. Dean Graziosi has a great little process called Find Your Why 7 Levels Deep. You have to keep asking why. You want to lose weight, why? Why did that? Find that emotional root. Guarantee, this person has people that need her to be around for a while.
She wants to play on the floor with her daughter.
How about walking your daughter, be there for your daughter’s wedding, graduation and grandkids? The health measurement I am most psyched about that it has not been invented yet is to be able to tell people what they avoided health-wise, like, “You lost 100 pounds. You didn’t have a heart attack and die at 40, congrats.” Go out there and invent it, Elon Musk. Let’s get on this here. We can’t imagine that, but that’s what we’re doing. She drops 40 pounds, maybe she adds a decade to her life with her daughter. Is that worth it or not? We’ve got to get out of our head and get into reality. Think about like, “So what if it helps your business?” which it’s not, by the way. I’ll throw that accountability at you. What if it takes decades away from your daughter? What are you working for? You have to think in those terms, get out of our head. Quit thinking emotionally, start thinking rationally and see what happens. Through confidence and having all that energy and being able to put in more work, she’ll have better work results. She got to get that excuse out of her mind and give it a shot again.
It made me think of her when you started saying that you become this other person and she’s saying, “I didn’t like the person I was. Now, I’m not going even try. I don’t want to try because of that.” Thank you for sharing that. One of the other reasons I asked the question is I want people that are reading to understand how you coach. If this is resonating with them, they’ll understand the method and the mind mapping that you do for them to help them see things that they’re not seeing. That’s one of the reasons why we all have mentors for a variety of reasons. Do you focus only on weight loss or do you do other transformational coaching?
My primary area of expertise is people on a weight loss journey, but anybody on a health journey that feels like they trip up over certain scenarios. I tell people I’m like a fitness portfolio manager. I’ve got people that are doing every different style of nutrition from carnivore to vegan, every style of fitness. I help them keep going along on their journey. That’s the key thing, whether they’re building muscle, running the marathon, losing weight, people that want to get healthier. I like to help them form a plan, hold them accountable to that plan and then we cross that finish line together. I’m a big cheerleader. I’m a ball of energy. I tell people they can borrow some of that energy until they build up their own. That’s where I’m focused.
I don’t want to see a picture of you then, but I imagine it’s a major transformation even in your eyes. That’s a lot that happens to me as a coach, what I do, seeing a transformation in people’s eyes, it tells me a big story. I imagine you had some unhappy eyes at that time.
The fact of going from feeling out of control to in control of your life. It’s indescribable if you haven’t been there. It’s a huge deal. Feeling like I can do something to impact my life and teaching other people how to do that is an honor to be able to spread that energy to other people out there that are struggling.
Thank you for sharing that. Before we finish up, I always ask everyone to give us a quote. It can be your quote or it can be a quote of someone that inspires you if you can think of something off-hand and maybe it’s during your affirmations every day.
An Adam quote that I like in conversations with when I present or when I talk on the podcast, we’ve talked a lot about affirmations. We’ve talked a lot about personal growth, in which people have that analogy of sharpening the sword or sharpening the ax. We have a sharp ax. This is the quote, Jen, “A sharp ax does no good if we never swing it. You can’t spell attraction without action, so you have to get out and swing the ax every single day. We can’t sit and think about all the goals that we want. We have to go out and act in line with those. If we do that, anything’s possible.”
It has been an absolute pleasure. Thank you for sharing this. I love your transformation. I know that anybody who’s reading who is looking for weight loss transformation, you can help. This is again from Success to Significance, life after breaking through glass ceilings, because sometimes it is that people are saying, “I can’t move from where I’m at until I do a weight loss program. I can’t move from where I’m at until I have all my ducks in a row with whatever else is going on.” This is an opportunity for you to peck off. One of the anchors that Adam has talked about here is to peck off the anchor and say, “Maybe if weight loss is one, that’s one anchor for me.”
You have many other anchors that you can get from this show as well. Adam, thank you for bringing your wisdom to us. I wish you all the best in the world. If you’re reading, go over and watch it on my YouTube channel. You can see all of the wonderful podcasts that he’s had, all the people that he’s interviewed on his podcast. Take an opportunity to go over to his podcast, subscribe to his. Please write a nice review for us and give us a good rating and do the same for Adam as well if you love what he has had to say. Thank you, Adam, for joining us. I appreciate it.
Jen, I know you’re going to build a super-strong community with this awesome show you’ve put together. I’m glad to be part of it.
We’ll catch you next time. Go out and put something into action and ensure that you swing the ax. We’ll talk to you next time.
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